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The 30 Best BBQ Restaurants In America, According To Open Table

BBQ worth traveling for.

America has a serious love affair with barbecue. It's an adoration so profound, the people were unable to leave it in the South from whence it came. You no longer have to live in Alabama or make a trip to Texas to eat great ribs, brisket, or awesome BBQ sides. These days, you can get great barbecue in the center of Manhattan or a pulled pork sandwich worthy of a food coma in the Golden City.

A look at Open Table's 2014 30 Best BBQ Restaurants Diners' Choice Awards is proof of that -- only a few restaurants on the list are actually located in the South. There are restaurants from both coasts, and a good amount hail from Chicago of all places. Fear not, this doesn't mean that the South isn't still top when it comes to barbecue. A more likely explanation would be that great Southern barbecue doesn't exist at places that take Open Table reservations.

Without further ado, here are the best BBQ restaurants in America (which accept reservations on Open Table).

1
Annapolis Smokehouse – Annapolis, Maryland
Annapolis Smokehouse
2
Bluebird Barbecue – Burlington, Vermont
3
Boneyard Bistro – Sherman Oaks, California
4
Bobby Q – Phoenix, Arizona
Flickr: Aubrey G.
5
Carson’s Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue – Chicago, Illinois
6
Carson’s Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Yelp: Aubrey G.
7
Chicago q – Chicago, Illinois
Yelp: Christina S.
8
Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café – Burbank, Illinois
9
Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café – Darien, Illinois
Yelp: Tim H.
10
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que – Troy, New York
11
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que – Harlem, New York
12
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que – Rochester, New York
13
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que – Brooklyn, New York
14
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que – Buffalo, New York
15
Freedmen’s – Austin, Texas
Yelp: jerry M.
16
The Granary `Cue & Brew – San Antonio, Texas
17
Hill Country Barbecue Market – Washington, D.C.
18
Iron Starr Urban Barbecue-OKC – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
19
Kenny’s Smoke House – Plano, Texas
Yelp: Justin W.
20
Lambert’s Downtown BBQ – Austin, Texas
21
Montgomery Inn-At the Boathouse – Cincinnati, Ohio
Yelp: Casey S.
22
The Montgomery Inn-Original – Cincinnati, Ohio
Yelp: Jordan C.
23
Percy Street Barbecue – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
24
Gus’s BBQ – South Pasadena, California
Yelp: Connie C.
25
Naples Rib Company – Long Beach, California
Yelp: Luke L.
26
Piggyback Tavern – Forest Park, Illinois
Yelp: My Bizzy K.
27
Russell’s Smokehouse – Denver, Colorado
Yelp: Randy B.
28
Southpaw BBQ – San Francisco, California
Yelp: Tammy C.
29
Sweet T’s Restaurant + Bar – Santa Rosa, California
Yelp: Danielle M.
30
Wexler’s – San Francisco, California

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